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Looking for my first set of owned ski's

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Hello everyone, I have been skiing for 3 years, and I am addicted. Right now I can ski pretty much anything except the very narrow double blacks. I like doing mogels in powder, or the runs through the trees. Anyway, I came to an agreement with my parents that I'd help pay for my graduation gift. A set of ski's and boots. As for me, I've been searching around for good brands, but I have no clue where to start. I've rented out: volkl's, atomics and dynastars. I the atomics and volkls the most. I live in Washington so I usually ski on some powder, but the icy runs are just as common. I was thinking of getting salomon custom fit boots, and I'm lost on the ski's. I'm 5'10 and a mere 130 pounds. I consider myself an advanced skier, just not so well on icy runs. The dynastars don't perform very well on them. I was thinking of something from K2, Volkl, Head or atomic. Let me know if you need any more info.

 

-Ben

post #2 of 9

Generally, you want to shop by ski type / model, and not brand.  For instance, your generalization that Dynastars don't perform well on icy runs is more a reflection of the particular Dynastars you were skiing, not the entire brand or model line.  In general, rental skis are not great skis or even up to date.

 

I'd recommend heading into a good ski shop where you can get properly fitted for boots, talk to the people there, and see what skis they suggest for you.  There are a ton of good skis that would fit the bill. 

 

You might also want to check out dawgcatching's sale thread over in the deals for members forum.  He can likely recommend a good ski for you and ship them out the same day.  I would trust his recommendation highly.  And you will save a good chunk of money.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

 Hey thanks for the reply. I did some more research as noted and I've looked more into the Volkl Ac30's or ac40's, the Head Monster im 82, and the salomon fury or tornado. I am not sure which would be best, but I will go ask dawgcatching. Thanks for the help.

post #4 of 9

Well, I have the iM78 and 82, and both are excellent skis.  The 78 is better on hard snow, the 82 better in variable snow.  I think the 82 is more versatile overall as long as hard snow carving is not a top priority.  I can recommend both of these skis without hesitation.

 

post #5 of 9

Well dude, you just won the SierraSkis.com give away.

 

  Search is over!

 

Cool, I can totally see Watea 101 as a first ski.

 

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Anyway, I came to an agreement with my parents that I'd help pay for my graduation gift.

 

Maybe an EpicSki Supporter Subscription?

post #6 of 9

 I gotta say, if a newbee is going to win a new pair of skis instead of me, then this is a totally cool win!

 

Congrats!

 

 

The new question of this thread is

Help me pick between ................

Fischer Watea 101/94 or a LINE Prophet 90

post #7 of 9

Let's see, the Fischer Watea 101 is available in only a 192

The Fischer Watea 94 is available in a 178 and that would work well.

Looks like the Line Prophet 90 in a 172 is the shortest available choice. 

post #8 of 9

That's freaking awesome!!!  Congratulations dude!  Now, grab and EpicSki Supporter status and a few EpicSki stickers for your skis/car whatever and enjoy the skis. 

post #9 of 9

What a way to get introduced to EpicSki! I'm so envious but happy for you. I second the motion that you should become a supporter here but more important, visit often, ask honest questions and commit to learning how to get the best from your new boards.

 

Welcome to Epic, Spookfish.

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